Bridge Home Inspection, LLC serves all of Northeast Georgia. Please see a complete list of counties covered below.
Meet your Certified Professional Inspector: Megan Wilson owns and operates Bridge Home Inspection, LLC; clients always know they receive the highest level of service by an actual CPI, rather than a “hired hand.” After painting houses as means to pay for her college education over 15 years ago, Megan became fascinated with the building industry. She began a career in Real Estate Appraisals and participated in over 1,000 home inspections with TWG Appraisals. Meeting home inspectors along the way, an interest in learning more about the structural integrity of the home arose. In her own words, “In the Appraisal Industry, we observe and report the market value of home. With Home Inspection, we observe and report the structural integrity of the home, which is never compromised by the market. I love that aspect because each home has a story to tell and I get to unfold the mystery.”
Megan is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and The Successful Home Inspector.
For more than two years, Huntress worked nights and weekends to research and develop his business and product. After raising a small amount of funding through friends and family, Huntress was able to dig in full-time this year and formally launch HomeBinder, “a homeowner’s best friend.”
In the simplest terms, HomeBinder is an electronic records management system for all things relevant to your home. And it goes much deeper than one would think. From contractors (plumbers, electricians, roofers) to appliance purchase and warranty documents, to paint colors – anything relevant to your home, HomeBinder stores.
“Homebuyers today get the keys to the front door, but they simply don’t know how to drive the shiny new object they got.” Huntress said. “It’s almost strange that for the single largest asset for people there isn’t an established records management system to help them with the process.”
Before HomeBinder Huntress, a Massachusetts native and graduate of Boston College, spent the bulk of his career in environmental sciences. In 2001 he co-founded PARCEL, a property due diligence reporting company, which gave him great insight into real estate and property management. PARCEL was acquired by Environmental Data Resources in 2007 and Huntress remained with the new parent company in several roles, most recently EVP Business Development, before leaving to start HomeBinder.
As with many startups, an idea is born from a personal experience. No different here.
“When we moved into my current home, the previous owners left us a stack of information. It was so helpful and got me thinking, ‘this should be the norm.’”
The experience wouldn’t leave Huntress’ mind and couple that with his commercial real estate background, it was only a matter of time before his next venture was born.
Now, Huntress, who is actively fundraising in order to add to his team of 3 full-timers (8 total), increase marketing efforts and continue improving his product, has entered into a market that is seeing more competition. That market, Huntress tells me consists of 114 million housing units in the U.S. with 5 million transactions per year.
HomeBinder focuses on home transactions. It does work directly with homeowners, but its main business is partnering with brokers, who often use HomeBinder as a closing gift. Although a marketing product, it is strategically priced at a one-time $24 fee (for brokers). This puts it under the IRS-levied gift threshold and such that the agent can still leave a bottle of wine on the counter. A HOMEOWNERS BEST FRIEND
HomeBinder is a full service home management system that focuses on home sales. Sellers can convey the value of their home in HomeBinder reports and buyers can get valuable details to help them manage their new home. As Huntress puts it,
“HomeBinder creates continuity in home management and leads to better experiences in home ownership.”
The product helps homeowners store all their home, property, project, and contractor information in one place. HomeBinder will provide reminders for maintenance items, offer up information on appliance recalls and enhance the process of selling a home when the time comes.
“With information in electronic format we can perform automatic recall checks on appliances, allow for capital expenditure summarization at the point of sale, or perform home inventory in the case of fire or theft.”
Depending on the scenario, the broker or homeowner is responsible for initial information gathering. Some data is automatically pulled into the binder through public records and MLS type data, but agents and homeowners are responsible for more granular information such maintenance scheduling (chimney, septic tank, etc.), appliance details, contractor records, etc.
Of course, HomeBinder makes this process simple. The product is built such that users can easily select and input information. It leads the homeowner in the right direction, ensuring all pertinent details are logged. “It’s a nudge strategy,” Huntress explained.
To date, more than 200 agents have generated roughly 2,000 binders.
“We realized we could offer tremendous value to agents. HomeBinder provides regular reminders to the owner, which serves as a drip campaign of sorts for the agents. Agents struggle with staying in touch and top of mind with clients and Homebinder, on top of providing an amazing and valuable gift, also offers added value from a business perspective as they work in a referral based industry.”
With roughly 5 million home transactions each year here in the U.S. there’s certainly room to make money. More importantly, there is clearly a pain point being solved with HomeBinder. Admittedly, though, Huntress realizes the need for some market education before home management software becomes a ‘need-to-have’ rather the a ‘nice-to-have.’ “We’re tremendously excited about the opportunity to be one of the companies leading the charge to figure this out,” Huntress said.
When I purchased my first home in 1984 I didn’t know anything about houses or how they worked. I was so excited I couldn’t believe it. My wife and I actually owned a home! And what a home it was. I began to realize over time that not all was well with our home. Every single time we started even the simplest of repairs, it turned into a major construction project costing more than we could have ever imagined. Not knowing what to look out for, or knowing the warning signs cost us plenty. After fixing that home up we were able to build our own home. This time I made sure that it was done right.
For 18 years working in the Civil Engineering and Surveying fields and12 years as a Licensed Builder, I have been able to help hundreds of home buyers, owners and developers with their needs.
My mission is to help homebuyers and sellers better understand their homes, plan for their future and enjoy their new homes.
I am the owner and you deal directly with me. If you have any questions regarding your inspection you have direct access to me, anytime. Knowing about the home you are buying is paramount when planning your future.
My job is to report what I find… Period…
I only work for you.The purchase of your new home is a serious and important decision. It can also be very emotional. The home inspection you are considering is the best way to have an impartial third party look at your new home.
Chris and Mary started A-Action in 2012. Chris is a Licensed Professional Real Estate Inspector and a Licensed Technician in Pest & Wood Destroying Insect Treatment and Inspections. He graduated from the Real Estate Training System (RETS) in 2012. Prior to that Chris spent 5 years in the United States Marine Corps. Mary holds an MBA in Management from the University of Houston-Victoria, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from the George Washington University. Prior to A-Action Mary spent 8 years in the non-profit world as a Museum Educator.
Simone Cartwright, has been experienced in the home services industry since the year 2000 and has personally performed over 2,100 home inspections. As a Public Insurance Adjuster, Simone aided families by identifying damages to their homes caused by unforeseen events, such as, storms, plumbing leaks and fires.
Simone’s knowledge and understanding of building structures, rebuilding, restoration and reconstruction costs gained as a Public Insurance Adjuster prompted her decision to expand into the home inspection business. Before becoming a Public Insurance Adjuster, Simone spent 20 years putting her degree in Business Administration to work in various management and supervisory roles in marketing, advertising and sales
WITH 20 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE AND 7 YEARS AS A CERTIFIED HOME INSPECTOR, SERVICE IS ALL I KNOW.
Choosing the right inspector can be difficult. Unlike most professionals you hire, you probably won’t meet me until our appointment. Furthermore,different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, and experience, reporting methods, pricing. Ultimately, a thorough home inspection depends heavily on the inspector’s own effort. If you will honor me by permitting me to inspect your new home, I guarantee to give you my very best effort. This is my promise to you.
Founder | Digital Marketing Specialist | Content Producer
Hi, I’m Kevin. When you join Spectora, I’ll be the guy you interact with for on-boarding, digital marketing solutions, and product support. I’m also the writer behind many of the articles found in our Resource Center.
Prior to founding Spectora, I worked as an SEO Specialist on the Search Engine Optimization Team at HomeAdvisor, where I did content creation, link building, on-page optimization, competitive research, partnership building, and rank tracking.
I have also been a Realtor for several years. After talking to dozens of home inspectors during real estate transactions, I learned of the pain points inspectors had with software, marketing, and business growth. My brother and I started building a platform to solve these problems.
I bring an analytical approach to marketing for Spectora clients, using data metrics and the latest in SEO knowledge to improve home inspection businesses. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions!
Troy leads the Nook & Kranny team and has been in the construction industry his whole life. Prior to becoming a home inspector, Troy worked as a plumber for 17 years. Troy founded Nook & Kranny in 1997 and has loved every minute of his time running the company. Over his career as an inspector, Troy has performed well over 10,000 home inspections and has risen to the top of his industry by becoming a master certified inspector.